Kenneth Cole Reaction Out Of Bounds 3-Piece Lightweight Hardside 4-Wheel Spinner Luggage Set

Last updated date: March 12, 2020

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8.5


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Overall Take

This elegant set from Kenneth Cole will earn you style points at the airport. Reinforced corners protect your investment. Multiple lined compartments and garment restraint straps keep your clothes neatly packed. In our analysis of 146 expert reviews, the Kenneth Cole REACTION Kenneth Cole REACTION Lightweight Luggage Set placed 3rd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note March 12, 2020:
Checkout The Best Hardshell Luggage Set for a detailed review of all the top hardshell luggage sets.

Expert Summarized Score
8.5
7 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.3
3,127 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The three bags that make up the Kenneth Cole Reaction Out Of Bounds are each lightweight and durable, with molded and reinforced corners for maximum impact resistance, to keep your belongings safe even in the hands of careless baggage handlers..
- Wiki EZ Vid
It has a sleek body, which looks very trendy, without compromising with the storage capacity.
- Travel Gear Zone
Equipped with a retractable handle system and upright spinner wheels, the luggage in this set is perfect for pulling along.
- Savant Magazine
It comes with the four solid multi-directional spinner wheels that move and rotate 360 degrees smoothly and quietly on both smooth and rough surfaces without any weight burden on your body or your arms.
- Cold Turkey Now
December 11, 2018 | Full review
This traveling set offered by Kenneth Cole is light, elegant, durable, and easy to roll. Users love the durable design.
- Top 5 Reviews
This suitcase's multi-directional 4 wheel spinners allow for smooth, 360-degree movement over any rough surface for complete mobility free-weight rolling, relieving pressure from your arms while you're on the move from the airport to your next destination.
- Travel Fashion Girl
The handle is so comfortable that you will find it effortless when holding it plus the multi-directional super wheels will make your ride with the bag easy.
- Lightvisit
June 24, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
They are not expandable.
- Wiki EZ Vid
Zippers are not very strong.
- Travel Gear Zone
Some customers have complained that the set is not expandable and that they had some issues with the wheels.
- Top 5 Reviews
Sometimes the bag does not come as strong as advertised.
- Lightvisit
June 24, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Travel in style and with ease of mind with this 3-piece 20”/24"/28” hardside 4-wheel spinner luggage set from Kenneth Cole Reaction’s “Out of Bounds” collection. The three piece set includes a 20” carry-on size, a 24" checked size, and a larger 28” checked suitcase size. Each piece is packed with features including a spacious fully lined interior, molded corner guard reinforcements for maximum impact resistance, garment restraints to keep your contents in place, and molded side feet that allow the suitcase to stand upright on its side. Multi-directional 4-wheel spinners also allow for a smooth 360-degree rotation over any terrain allowing you to get where you’re going faster. The dependable Out of Bounds 3-piece lightweight hardside 4-wheel spinner luggage set is perfect for travelers whom value both style and function. (20" Carry-On Dimensions: 21.75”H x 14.5”W x 8.5”D). (20" Internal Packing Dimensions: 20.0” H x 13.25” W x 7.5” D). (24" Overall Dimensions: 26.0” H x 18.5” W x 10.25” D). (24" Internal Packing Dimensions: 24.0"H x 17.5"L x 9.25"D). (28" Overall Dimensions: 29.5” H x 20.5” W x 11.75” D). (28" Internal Packing Dimensions: 28.0” H x 19.0” W x 10.25” D). (20"/24"/28" Weight: 6.25 lbs, 8.4 lbs, 9.6 lbs). (Set Weight: 24.25 lbs). Backed by a manufacturer 10-year limited warranty.

An Overview On Hardshell Luggage Sets

If you’ve been enviously eyeing your friends’ photos from their latest trip and daydreaming about your dream beach vacation, it’s time to make that dream a reality and hit the friendly skies. A good first step is investing in luggage that can withstand long walks around the airport and hours in cargo storage or an overhead compartment. If you’ve always used soft suitcases, it’s time to upgrade and buy some hardshell luggage. 

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Hardshell suitcases have rock-solid exteriors made from different types of ultra-strong plastic. The tough-as-nails outer shell is a better option for protecting your belongings. Most of these suitcases have lined interiors with pockets and compartments to keep you organized.

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Hardshell luggage is usually too heavy to carry, but almost all brands install spinner wheels at the bottom of the suitcase to help you pull it through the airport and beyond.

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“Smooth-rolling spinner wheels come in handy when you reach your destination,” notes Brittany Anas, our resident travel expert and an award-winning journalist who specializes in travel and lifestyle. “In a lot of European countries, you’ll be commuting from ferries to taxis or buses on older, uneven streets. Having wheels that can handle the terrain is essential.” 

Hardshell suitcases are a little pricier than soft luggage, but the added protection from bumps and drops makes them well worth the extra cash. 

DYWM Fun Fact

Your new hardshell luggage is built to withstand dents, drops and scrapes, but even the toughest suitcases can fall into the dreaded purgatory of lost luggage. 

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It’s very rare for a suitcase to disappear forever: Almost all lost bags are found and returned to the owner within two days. If an unlucky bag isn’t reunited with its owner within 90 days, the airline can buy it and ship it to the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama. The airline chooses items from the lost luggage to clean up and sell. Anyone can buy these choice picks at a steep discount from the Unclaimed Baggage Center’s brick and mortar store. 

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Your hardshell suitcase will likely be with you for years to come, but at least your belongings will find a happy home if it does go missing.

The Hardshell Luggage Set Buying Guide

  • Hardshell luggage offers more protection for your belongings than soft-sided baggage, but it won’t do you much good if it’s too heavy to carry. Take a look at your suitcase’s weight before you buy, and make sure you can handle that piece of luggage when it’s at capacity.
  • Hardshell luggage is usually made from either polycarbonate plastic or ABS plastic. Polycarbonate is lightweight and resistant to high temperatures and impact. ABS is a blend of three types of plastic. It’s even lighter than polycarbonate and less expensive, but ABS suitcases aren’t quite as durable. If you travel frequently, investing in polycarbonate luggage is a good bet. If you only go on the occasional vacation, save yourself some cash with ABS hardside luggage.
  • Certain finishes will protect your luggage from scrapes and dings better than others. Brushed polycarbonate is great for maintaining that brand-new look, and microdiamond texturing also hides any damage. 
  • The inside of your luggage is just as important as the outside. Multiple compartments will help keep you organized, and mesh pockets are great for separating small accessories. Garment straps will keep your clothes in place during bumpy flights. Check out pictures of the inside of your dream suitcase to make sure it has enough compartments for your needs.
  • No one’s expecting you to haul hardside luggage across the airport without a little help. The best hardshell luggage will have 360-degree spinner wheels that move smoothly in all directions. Check out your luggage’s specs, and make sure it has this type of wheels before you buy.
  • You’re already taking an extra step towards protecting your belongings with hardside luggage. You can add to that effort by choosing a hardshell suitcase with a built-in, TSA-approved lock. Pieces with combination locks will offer more security than key locks (and you don’t have to worry about losing a tiny key). 
  • It’s the little things that make the difference between a good suitcase and a great suitcase. A built-in slot for a luggage tag will give you peace of mind when you hand over your checked bag. Make sure that the hardshell suitcase you’re eyeing has one before you buy.
  • You can also look for high-tech add-ons when you buy your luggage. “Many pieces have ejectable batteries that can charge you’re phone when you’re on the go,” says travel pro Brittany Anas. “You’ll come to love this because the airport outlets are in high demand.”
  • The quality of your hardshell’s zippers and spinner wheels will tell you a lot about its longevity. The last thing you need is a zipper breaking as you’re closing your suitcase or a spinner wheel catching and snapping as you’re rushing to make a flight. Look closely at any photos of your luggage’s zippers or wheels, and consider returning it if they look weak upon closer examination.
  • Hardshell luggage tends to be a greater financial investment than soft luggage, and you should do what you can to help maintain it. Purchasing luggage straps to wrap around your hardshell suitcase will reduce strain on the zippers if you’ve packed a lot for a long trip.
  • Take a look at your hardshell suitcase’s warranty before you hand over your cash. If you travel infrequently, you’ll put less strain on your luggage and it will last longer. Frequent fliers will want to carefully read over any warranties to make sure they’re covered if something happens to their hardshell suitcase while globetrotting.